In recent months, the federal governments has allocated over $100 billion dollars to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and the Biden administration has announced it’s climate initiative. Both will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, but mostly in sectors where women are, historically, underrepresented.
“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau continues to expand pathways to better jobs through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program, which [celebrated] its 30th anniversary on Oct. 27, 2022. WANTO seeks to increase the number of women in registered apprenticeships as well as historically male-dominated jobs with higher wages.” Through WANTO grants, grantees provide women with job skills training while simultaneously increasing the number of women in historically male-dominated sectors.
Grant recipients must be community-base organizations that are “representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce development.” If you know of an organization that could benefit from a WANTO grant, encourage them to check out the program website.